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Back to Basics

Intensive residency program
in Hämeenkyrö, Finland

1 Month
July / August / September 2020
Where: Arteles Creative Center, Hämeenkyrö, Finland

Deadline for applications was:
9th of January 2020
Focus on the essentials

Stop the information overflow, go offline and get back to focus in a supportive, natural environment in the middle of the Northern summer.

Back to Basics residency program gives artists the opportunity to clear their mind, get back to focus and (re)discover the very basis of their being. Take a break from your smartphone, reconnect with your creativity, be part of nature and learn to stay present again, doing only things you really want to be doing.

As the emphasis in this program is on reconnecting with your creative practice and being, no predetermined project plan is required. Participants are encouraged to arrive with their mind open for on-site observations, ideas, self-reflection and interacting with other artists. With support from the professional staff, facilities and the program structure, Back to Basics allows you to go back to what really matters to you.

No wifi, no cellphones - presence and pure nature

The program urges you to block the usual ways of escapism, be present where you are and to see how that improves your concentration skills, creativity and productivity. In order to make this happen, the use of cellphones is not allowed and internet access is limited in this program. The residents also have the possibility to participate in daily meditation sessions. (See program details below.)

Summer season is ideal for exploring and getting inspired by the rich Finnish nature surrounding Arteles Creative Center. There are countless forests, fields, lakes and small countryside roads in the region. Thanks to Finland’s everyman’s rights, they can all be explored freely.

Midsummer is full of light: even in the middle of the night, it’s bright enough to go for a walk in the forest. In September, the autumn is already approaching with misty mornings and starry skies. Seasonal berries and mushrooms can be picked from the yard and the woods, and when it’s time to get relaxed, the residency center’s traditional wood-burning sauna is the place to be.
For artists & creatives
Studio spaces & private bedrooms. 24/7 access to all facilities.
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Scheduled meditation
We have scheduled morning and evening sessions in the new meditation hall (built 2019).
Outdoors & nature
Pure Nordic nature: forests, lakes and ever-changing skies.
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Get r.e.l.a.x.e.d
Traditional Finnish wood-burning sauna built in 1961, for when you feel like it is time to relax.
Award-winning landscapes
Arteles Creative Center is located in Hämeenkyrö, Finland.
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Structure & Support
Weekly group meetings and discussions (voluntary), field trips and support.
Tools for you
Car, boat, bikes and a wide selection of creative gear and tools for you to use. See full list here
On-site staff
We assist you with practicalities and introduce you to the facilities, local surroundings and nature.

Back to focus
Unplug yourself, go offline and get back to focus. The use of cellphones is prohibited and internet access limited in this program (see details below).
Back to nature
Regain the connection with nature. Participants will be introduced to the surrounding nature, forests, paths and the nearby nature reserve. The location allows you to draw inspiration from peaceful nature daily.
Back to presence
Each morning and evening there are scheduled meditation sessions in the meditation hall. For beginners, there is an introduction to meditation by a visiting teacher. The sessions are voluntary and do not follow any specific school or tradition.
Back to breakfast
Get a nutritious start to the day with natural and toxin free organic breakfast. Breakfast is available each week from Monday to Friday.
Back to freedom
The program allows you the time, space, facilities and, most of all, the freedom and stress-free environment you need in order to develop yourself and your creative practise.

About going offline
In order to maintain a focused environment, there is no wifi in this program (excluding the first 1-2 days of settling in). Internet is available one day per week, when it can be accessed with a USB connection. Residents can use their own or the house laptop. Note: In case of an important appointment/commitment that cannot be rescheduled, temporary access can be arranged by consulting the staff in advance.

About having a break from cellphones
To help the mind rest & stay present, the use of cellphones is prohibited in this program. Cellphones are switched off and handed in at the beginning of the residency, and they will be stored in the office. In case of urgent need, friends & family can contact the participants via Arteles staff. There is also a residency phone available for local phone calls and for receiving international calls.

Included in your stay at Arteles Creative Center:

For working:

  • studio spaces and facilities 24 h access See facilities here
  • creative tools & equipment See list here
  • assistant(s) to help you with practicalities and creative work
  • weekly meetings and support
  • artist promotion through our online network
  • artist pages in Arteles Catalogue

For everyday life:

  • private bedroom, incl. towels and bedlinen
    (Note: There are large working desks also in the bedrooms.)
  • organic breakfast (Mon-Fri)
  • fully equipped kitchen facilities
  • traditional Finnish wood-burning sauna
  • newly built meditation / yoga hall with matts, cushions & benches
  • residency car (with automatic gears) for getting around the region
  • rowing boat on the lake nearby
  • bicycles
  • pick-up service for arrivals and departures read more
  • Internet access (limited)
  • laundry facilities
  • pure Northern nature and silence

Program fees

We offer financial aid for applicants otherwise unable to join the program.
The financial aid provided covers 40 % of the full program fee.

Contributor's fees (fees without support)
1 person: 1950 € / month
2 persons (duo): 2980 € / month

Accommodation in a private bedroom
Organic breakfast included (Mon-Fri)

Fees with support
1 person: 1170 € / month
2 persons (duo): 1790 € / month

Accommodation in a private bedroom
Organic breakfast included (Mon-Fri)

All fees include the registration fee (120 € / person - non-refundable).

Who can apply

We are looking for emerging and professional artists, creatives and interesting individuals widely from different fields and backgrounds. In the selection process, an emphasis is put on applicant’s motivation, creativity and suitability to the program. We value authenticity and tenacity. You must be at least 23 or older to apply.

We do not require a project proposal in the application as this would be in contradiction with the program. Also we understand that when working in the creative field, your subjects, interests and working methods tend to change and evolve along the way.

Artist duos are also welcome to apply. Non-artist spouses, partners and friends are welcome as short-term guests only (1-3 days, 40 €/night). Please note that children are not permitted in the residency.

Deadline for applications was: 9th of January 2020

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